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The Stoic Antidote to Frustration: Marcus Aurelius on How to Keep Your Mental Composure and Emotional Equanimity When People Let You Down
The Stoic Antidote to Frustration: Marcus Aurelius on How to Keep Your Mental Composure and Emotional Equanimity When People Let You Down

The art of tempering your fury with an infuriating existential truth.

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Epictetus on Love and Loss: The Stoic Strategy for Surviving Heartbreak
Epictetus on Love and Loss: The Stoic Strategy for Surviving Heartbreak

“Who is good if he knows not who he is? and who knows what he is, if he forgets that things which have been made are perishable, and that it is not possible for one human being to be with another always?”

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Marcus Aurelius on How to Live Through Difficult Times
Marcus Aurelius on How to Live Through Difficult Times

“Accept everything which happens, even if it seem disagreeable, because it leads to this, the health of the universe.”

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A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety
A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety

“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”

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Seneca on Grief and the Key to Resilience in the Face of Loss: An Extraordinary Letter to His Mother
Seneca on Grief and the Key to Resilience in the Face of Loss: An Extraordinary Letter to His Mother

“All your sorrows have been wasted on you if you have not yet learned how to be wretched.”

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Marcus Aurelius on Embracing Mortality and the Key to Living with Presence
Marcus Aurelius on Embracing Mortality and the Key to Living with Presence

“The longest-lived and those who will die soonest lose the same thing. The present is all that they can give up, since that is all you have, and what you do not have, you cannot lose.”

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Seneca on Gratitude and What It Means to Be a Generous Human Being
Seneca on Gratitude and What It Means to Be a Generous Human Being

“I am grateful, not in order that my neighbour, provoked by the earlier act of kindness, may be more ready to benefit me, but simply in order that I may perform a most pleasant and beautiful act.”

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On the Tranquility of Mind: Seneca on Resilience, the Trap of Power and Prestige, and How to Calibrate Our Ambitions for Maximum Contentment
On the Tranquility of Mind: Seneca on Resilience, the Trap of Power and Prestige, and How to Calibrate Our Ambitions for Maximum Contentment

“That man lives badly who does not know how to die well.”

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Seneca on True and False Friendship
Seneca on True and False Friendship

“Ponder for a long time whether you shall admit a given person to your friendship; but when you have decided to admit him, welcome him with all your heart and soul.”

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Marcus Aurelius on How to Motivate Yourself to Get Out of Bed in the Morning and Go to Work
Marcus Aurelius on How to Motivate Yourself to Get Out of Bed in the Morning and Go to Work

“You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you.”

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